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Towards the First Demonstration of Quantum Advantage in Material Discovery

3D model of material
New materials can bring tremendous benefits across all industries, from agriculture and construction to telecommunication, aerospace, medicine, the food industry, and the energy sector. However, most of the methods currently used for material discovery are based on trial-and-error procedures that require a significant amount of resources and take plenty of time to develop and implement. A hybrid...

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Singapore leads the future of food with world-first approval of cultured meat sales

Man and child buying meat in supermarket
Cultured meat, also known as “lab-grown meat” or “clean meat”, is built up from layers of animal muscle cells cultivated in a bioreactor. Since the debut of a proof-of-concept hamburger patty in 2013, it has increasingly come to the attention of potential consumers and investors. Although the technology of cell culture has been well developed in the medical field, the concept still faces several...

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AI network unlocks secrets of protein structures

This image shows part of a protein from (Cellulophaga baltica crAss-like) phage phi14:2, a virus that infects bacteria. This phage is part of a group of viruses that includes the most abundant virus in the human gut. The protein itself (gp66) is a newly-discovered DNA-dependent RNA polymerase.
An algorithm has provided the key to predicting the three-dimensional shapes of folded proteins, opening new pathways for science, including in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and the discovery of new drugs.  Molecular biologists announced a major breakthrough in the mapping of proteins in the human body on 30 November 2020, after an artificial intelligence (AI) network managed...

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Flying Qubits and Quantum Transistors – One More Piece in the Quantum Computing Puzzle

Developing components and systems for quantum information processing is a major task with a significant impact on the future of quantum computing. We are at a point where avid research is taking place in multiple directions; every little progress has the potential to shape the future of this industry. Within CEA Grenoble, Dr. Eleni Chatzikyriakou is working on simulating the operation of transistors,...

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